Sunday, July 11, 2010

Decorative Dahlia 'Seattle'

Decorative Dahlia
Dahlia 'Seattle'

The Dahlias are starting to bloom and ‘Seattle’ has made a nice impression. Any Dahlia that has white tips on the flower is all right with me and this one has blended nicely with the dark red/white tip ‘Mystery Day’. ‘Seattle’ seems to have some variations to the flowers including some that go all yellow after a time. Some other of its flowers seem to be more yellow than others. This year, for the Dahlia garden, I bought the tubers and potted them in the greenhouse instead of buying the plants already finished. This will also be the last year that I do that. While it is nice to be able to pick the varieties, as opposed to just taking what the nursery has to offer, it is too difficult to keep them looking good in the greenhouse until planting. Pinching them is an art and the timing has to be just right. Most commercial growers use growth regulators and I really didn’t want to get into that.

‘Seattle’ has a medium sized flower on slightly shorter plants (about 36 inches tall). It was introduced in 1993.

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Today’s Bonus Flower

Double Petunia
Petunia x hybrida ‘Tumbelina Cherry Ripple’

This Petunia caught my eye at the nursery. It was quite unusual and it turns out to be the first double trailing petunia introduced. Although it is usually used in containers and vertical applications I think it would look nice as a bedding plant too.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for leaving the comment about my unknown flower as a bell flower...It came in a mixed seed packet. You take the most stunning photos..the depth and texture on these photos is amazing....It is inspiring for me as I am just learning....Michelle

lazyclick said...

Very beautiful flowers, lovely colors.

Carletta said...

Lovely closeups!
Tumbelina Cherry Ripple is a lovely name for the petunia.
Nice shots!

maiaT said...

Beautiful flowers both but your dahlia macro is amazing.

SandyCarlson said...

Well, cool. I saw a dahlia at Topsmead on Friday but couldn't think of the name. Was the same color as this gem.

Double petunias? New to me. Very pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos! Both flowers are just gorgeous. I love the white tips on the Dahlia, very pretty.

Siromade said...

Stunning colors of dahlia flowers, they're beautiful close up photos.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great photos, I love the macro of the Dahlia. I would love to find one in that color.

I have a Hairy Willow Herb today.

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lina@women's perspectives said...

Perfect close ups! Love it :)

Kala said...

That dahlia image is gorgeous - they are blooming here too, in many varieties.

Regina said...

How delightful and pretty. Thank you for the info.
Happy new week.

Denise said...

Gorgeous! Always enjoy coming here because your posts are very informative, and I love learning all about the different flowers in one visit. Thanks for stopping by my blog and identifying the Rattlesnake Master. I had never seen or heard of it before going to the National Garden in Washington DC where I found it.
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